Hiking Angels Landing at Zion National Park

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The start of the hike on the canyon floor

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About halfway along the trail

At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I’ve come a really long way with hiking (pun unintended). Considering I cried actual tears on our first 3 hikes in America because I was hating life so much and was wearing shoes a couple of sizes too small, hiking a strenuous trail with a smile on my face the entire time is a vast improvement… I can’t believe I just admitted I cried, don’t hold it against me! Thank goodness for large sunglasses.

We recently completed my favourite hike to date: Angels Landing at Zion National Park. The trail had come highly recommended to us and having a small fear of heights it was a challenge I really wanted to conquer.

The last mile of the trail involves ascending a narrow ridge while clinging to a chain and trying to avoid a 1000ft sheer drop on either side. That section comes with this delightful warning:

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What does that say?

Let’s go in for a closer look shall we?

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I’m sorry, what?!

I was fully expecting to get halfway up the ridge and stop, but to my astonishment, I wasn’t scared at all. I think because you are quite distracted by climbing and people traffic.

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Taking a quick rest halfway up the ridge

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Don’t look down!

We got to the top and it was well worth it, to say the very least. To one direction, you have this view:

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And to the other direction, you can see pretty much through the entire canyon:

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It’s not quite as narrow at the top but there is a kind of scary slant:

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We hung out for a while, had some snacks and then began our descent:

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Going down was far worse than going up because you’re forced to look down. But we made it!

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The start of the chain

I honestly never knew hiking could be so fun. I’ve converted. Drunk the Kool Aid.

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3 Responses to Hiking Angels Landing at Zion National Park

  1. Donny says:

    Loved that hike. I got to hang my hammock at the top too! Check it out 🙂

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